Dean of Social Science 

September 17, 2018
Dear colleagues,
 
It is my distinct pleasure to announce that Lawrence (Larry) Bobo, W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences, has agreed to serve as Dean of Social Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences beginning on October 1, 2018.
 
In this role, Professor Bobo will have principal responsibility for all academic, financial, and space planning across the Social Science Division, working in partnership with the departments and centers. He will also serve as a member of the Academic Planning Group, the academic senior leadership team that advises me on a broad range of policy and resource issues.
 
Professor Bobo’s research examines the intersection of social inequality, politics, and race. His work has focused on the nature of intergroup conflict and prejudice, the effects of race and racism on socio-political behavior and public opinion, and the changing dynamics of ethnoracial inequality and segregation in the U.S.
 
Professor Bobo is a prolific scholar. In addition to dozens of articles published in leading social science journals, he is co-author of the award-winning book Racial Attitudes in America: Trends and Interpretations (Harvard University Press, 1997) and senior editor of Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles (Russell Sage Foundation, 2000). His most recent book Prejudice in Politics: Group Position, Public Opinion, and the Wisconsin Treaty Rights Dispute (Harvard University Press, 2006) was a finalist for the 2007 C. Wright Mills Award and received the Outstanding Book Award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research. He is currently working on the Race, Crime, and Public Opinion project. In 2012 he received the Cooley-Mead Award for a Career of Distinguished Scholarship from the American Sociological Association.  
 
A preeminent sociologist, Professor Bobo is an elected member of the National Academy of Science as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has held tenured appointments in the sociology departments at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; the University of California, Los Angeles; and at Stanford University where he was Director of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.
 
His appointment as Dean of Social Science follows many years of leadership and service to the University. Professor Bobo currently serves as Chair of African and African-American Studies. In recognition of his innovative and excellent undergraduate teaching, he was named a Harvard College Professor in 2018. I have personally valued Larry's contributions to the vision and agenda for the Inequality in America Initiative and, in my work as divisional dean, I often benefited from his wise counsel on matters of broad concern to the social science division. He brings warmth, generosity and an easy laugh to even the thorniest issues, and I am sure that you will enjoy getting to know him better in the years ahead.
 
Please join me in welcoming Larry to this new role. I am enormously grateful for his service and look forward to working with him to ensure the vitality of the social sciences at Harvard.
 
Sincerely yours,
 
Claudine Gay
Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences